The Australasian move away from traditional cork closures for white wines is gathering momentum.

Jim Barry Wines of Clare in South Australia has used the Stelvin screwcap seal on its newly released 2001 unwooded Chardonnay, the first such Australian wine without a cork.

Jim Barry was among the first group of Clare Riesling producers to switch to Stelvin two years ago. That group is now enlarged and has been joined by Orlando Wyndham with its flagship Riesling, Steingarten, and by wineries in New Zealand.

Jim Barry's managing director Peter Barry told just-drinks he had received enthusiastic support from national retailer Vintage Cellars and would add another, sweeter white to the screwcap range next year.